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Putting Assessment at the Heart of Learning

How to ensure marking and feedback are meaningful, manageable and motivating

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Suitable for: This course is aimed at school leaders, particularly those with responsibility for whole school assessment, subject leaders, and teachers of any subject. It is equally relevant to primary and secondary colleagues.

Phases suitable for:

  • Primary
  • Secondary

Course Reference: 8395WW
Price: £299.00 + VAT or hold in-house
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Leaders and teachers looking to improve the effectiveness of their marking and feedback practices will befit from this practical course. You’ll explore whole-school approaches, ensuring data collection points are appropriate and timely, and enable leaders to extrapolate pupil progress. This course will also explore proven methods of formative assessment in the classroom to ensure that all marking is purposeful and provides information which aids teachers’ planning and teaching and provides cues to pupils to expedite the pace of their progress.

  • Place assessment within the context of curriculum design and delivery and develop meaningful assessment processes
  • Pick apart what progress looks like and how to support this with relevant learning outcomes
  • Test the purpose, process and validity of assessments to ensure they are meaningful, manageable and motivating 
  • Examine effective in-class assessment strategies such as multiple-choice quizzes, hinges questions and exit tickets
  • Implement effective AfL strategies such as self- and peer- assessment and feedback, questioning and classroom discussion 
  • Create a classroom culture conducive to acting on feedback, taking risks and learning from mistakes 


To ensure assessment is meaningful
  • Understand the importance of making assessment meaningful, manageable, and motivating
  • Explore a means of sense-checking assessment practices for purpose, process and validity
  • Appreciate the centrality of curriculum planning to effective assessment, including by using a progression model and mastery approach
To make effective use of formative assessment strategies
  • Explore ways of assessing pupils’ starting points through low-stakes testing
  • Explore the role of classroom discussion and questioning as a means of assessment
  • Examine the features of a classroom culture conducive to formative discussion and debate
To make effective use of feedback strategies
  • Explore the role of self- and peer-assessment
  • Examine the advantages of comment-only marking
  • Examine the advantages of marking for effort not attainment
To ensure assessment is manageable
  • Understand the importance of protecting teacher workload
  • Explore ways of reducing the marking load
  • Understand the importance of subject-specific approaches to assessment

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